Pharmacists in Ontario are now able to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments. As a patient you might be wondering: what exactly are minor ailments and what can you expect from a pharmacist’s minor ailment assessment? In this blog post, we hope to answer all of the common questions you might have about minor ailments.
As of January 1, 2023, regulations in Ontario now allow pharmacists to prescribe medications for 13 minor ailments. This is exciting news for patients, as it means you will now have a more convenient and timely way to access healthcare for these common conditions. But what exactly are minor ailments and what can you, as a patient, expect from a pharmacist’s minor ailment assessment? We hope to answer all of the common questions you might have about minor ailments.
A minor ailment is a health condition that can be self-diagnosed and managed with minimal treatment. They are:
Although minor ailments can be managed with minimal treatment, pharmacists are medication experts that have the training and clinical expertise necessary to prescribe medications and recommend self-care strategies.
Getting care from a pharmacist is convenient, accessible, and efficient; your local pharmacists are ready to assist you with your healthcare needs!
During a minor ailment assessment, a pharmacist will:
After the assessment is complete, a pharmacist may:
If you have a valid Ontario health card, minor ailment assessments by a pharmacist are at no cost to you. Patients without an Ontario Health Card are still eligible for assessments, but there will be an approximate cost of $20 for the assessment, cost varying by pharmacy.
There are a few ways you can book a minor ailment consultation:
What if I don’t fully know what condition I have?
Do I have to fill the prescription with the same pharmacy?
If I receive a prescription during my assessment, does OHIP cover the cost of the medication?
Do pharmacists have adequate training to assess my condition? Why is it only now they can start prescribing?
Are there usually follow-up appointments?
What is the cost of follow-up appointments?
Can I see a pharmacist for Minor Ailments if I already have a family doctor?
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